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General Discussion / Re: MEDICARE CUTS COMING UP
« on: September 02, 2010, 12:41:33 AM »
PL Jack wrote:    "Dick ...... And i know that you are going to come back and tell me that they are going to get all 500 million from fraud and misuse, that is a bunch of b.s."


I would thank you not to assume what I will come back and say.  Fact is, I had no intention of saying what you said I would.

Do I think the misuse and fraud should be reduced?  Yes.

Do I have any magic bullets how to do so?  No.  Do you?

As for the congressman who wants the Congress and Senate to accept the same healthcare plan that they vote for the rest of us?  Not a bad idea.  I like it.  Will they actually do so?  Don't hold your breath.

General Discussion / Re: MEDICARE CUTS COMING UP
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:43:23 AM »

How much of this is for real, and how much  is the scare-mongering of those in the political opposition?   Remember the "Death Panels"?  So much hogwash.  It seems the opposition to healthcare reform have a vivid imagination!

That Congressman you quoted -- which political party? What is his over-all political agenda?  Consider the source.

Currently, DME, including prosthetics, are reimbursed at 80%.  Granted, that remaining 20% can be more than pocket-change for a good prsthetic limb.

General Discussion / Re: Handicap badge denial
« on: August 28, 2010, 06:03:06 PM »
Hey Steve:

Tell that County Council that if they have any secrets for growing amputated limbs back, by all means share it with the medical professionals.  :)     :)  They could revolutionize the prospects for amputees everywhere.

It's refreshing to know that the US isn't the only place with loony-tune bureaucrats    :D   ::)


All depends on WHICH woman it came from ..... is she anywhere near the same build, size, skin tone as you are?  So many variables to consider.

General Discussion / Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« on: August 09, 2010, 02:52:19 PM »
I heard that one person wrote "Lawsuit" on the leg NOT to be cut.
Apparently it worked.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Quiet Forum
« on: July 16, 2010, 11:40:38 AM »

Do you think that stallion is trying to tell you something?  Like "Get off my back!"?  Good luck with the training, and don't injury yourself in the process.

General Discussion / Quiet Forum
« on: July 15, 2010, 07:29:20 PM »
It's been quiet here for several days.  Is everyone out to lunch??

General Discussion / Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« on: July 04, 2010, 01:31:36 AM »
I heard of one person who wrote "Lawsuit"  on the leg not to be chopped.

But you're right, Herb.  The stories of wrong medications, wrong dosages, wrong procedures, etc, are many.  Beware of nurses at the end of a long double-shift, long overdue for sleep.

Dick Stevens
dbka in pa

General Discussion / Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« on: July 03, 2010, 12:46:18 AM »

Amputate the WRONG limb?  I suspect that fear crosses the mind of most patients who head for the OR for their first amputation.  My surgeon assured me - and showed me -- that they take several precautions to avoid a wrongful chop.

Of course, when I went for my 2nd BK amp, I didn't have to worry they'd make that mistake, right?

General Discussion / Re: cat double amputee
« on: July 01, 2010, 01:57:38 AM »
I have a pair of Fetterman aluminum crutches, and they  have served me well for several years.  Even tho they are not the titanium ones, they are very well built.  They are custom cut for each user - no adjustable bolts or spring-pins to bounce around and elongate the holes in aluminum.  The tips last 3 years or so, and are easily replaced.

For more info, try a serach on "Thomas Fetterman Crutches".

Initial outlay is rather pricey, but in the long run, it pays off.

Just another happy customer.  :)


This rather fluid movement ..... what would it be like for a bilateral amp, with TWO of them?  Does anyone have that experience?

General Discussion / Re: cat double amputee
« on: June 28, 2010, 01:13:40 AM »

How long should one wait tor replace a prosthesis?  I know many insurance companies will disagree with me, but I say whenever the current pros isn't performing properly and painlessly.

Don't put up with an ill-fitting socket, even if it is relatively new.

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 26, 2010, 12:40:34 AM »

Is this back pain contageous??  I threw my back out a couple of days ago, too.  (Hmmm ... What was in that Outback food we had Monday? LOL  That was a good evening. 

Yeah, welcome to the world of bilateral ampdom.  It really is true that it takes more energy to do everyday tasks.  Like you, I lost one leg a few months before the other.  I do think it was a help to me, to lose one limb at a time.  Opportunity to get used to ampdom one stage at a time.  That 2nd ankle does make a big difference, doesn't it.

True, getting that 2nd multi-axial foot should improve things alot.  Hope it all goes well for you.

I agree, hats off to that Home Depot employee who made the little platform for you.  I've had good experiences with H D and Lowes employees, too.  They'd pre-cut some wood for me, so I could fit it in the car and get it home.

With all my little projects, I feel I've brought the store home with me, one carload at a time.

Right now, I'm building another little cabinet.  Never having more fun than when I'm spending money and making sawdust.

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 16, 2010, 03:07:14 PM »
Ah, Jason:

That runway looks so very familiar.  I've walked it many times.  Gotta admit, I never did it so well as you on the first day.  You're lookin' mighty fine.

I'm curious, what kind of feet are you using?  I'm using Talux made by Ossur, but they're several years old.  There's newer models out now.

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 15, 2010, 12:40:39 PM »
Congrats, Jason:

Walking without holding the bars on the first day ..... amazing.  Keep up the good work.

Sen us a link to the video.  This would be worth seeing.   :)

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